Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence
Published: November 2019© 2019
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 360 Pages
Illustrations: 40 b&w illustrations, 8 b&w maps, 6 b&w tables
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
360 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.75 in, 40 b&w illustrations, 8 b&w maps, 6 b&w tables
Russia and Central Asia provides an overview of the relationship between two dynamic regions, highlighting the ways in which Russia and Central Asia have influenced and been influenced by Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This readable synthesis, covering early coexistence in the seventeenth century to the present day, seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about how the modern world developed.
Shoshana Keller focuses on the five major "Stans": Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Cultural and social history are interwoven with the military narrative to provide a sense of the people, their religion, and their practices – all of which were severely tested under Stalin.
The text includes a glossary as well as images and maps that help to highlight 500 years of changes, bringing Central Asia into the general narrative of Russian and world history and introducing a fresh perspective on colonialism and modernity.
A Note on Spelling
1. Early Coexistence
2. The Balance of Power Shifts
4. Imperial Rule
6. Founding Soviet Central Asia
7. Breaking and Building: The Stalin Era
8. Stability and Growth
9. From Reform to Independence
"Shoshana Keller’s Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence is a book I couldn’t put down. Anyone curious about Central Asia from a Russian history background would benefit from her unassuming prose. Whatever your interest, there will surely be an aspect of Central Asian and Russian history that will tickle your fancy. The University of Toronto Press publishes some of the most powerful books that demystify this shrouded region and lesser-known history, opening the doors so that any student can begin learning about the richness of these societies."
Katherine Leung, Lossi 36 Weekly
"Shoshanna Keller has written an important book on the history of Central Asia that covers its pre-Russian, Russian imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods, focusing on the imperial and Soviet periods. As she tackles this thorny subject, Keller’s most significant contribution is to bring into focus the nomadic perspective that has largely been neglected by earlier scholarship."Gulnar Kendirbai, Columbia University, Acta Via Serica
"Well informed on historical debates of each period that the book addresses, Keller demonstrates how the relations between these two spaces evolved before, during, and after key episodes in their respective histories."Alisher Khaliyarov, Ohio State University, Central Asian Survey
"The book’s simplicity and strong engagement with new finds in existing scholarly literature make this an important survey text for those looking to first engage Central Asia."Jeff Sahadeo, Carleton University, American Historical Review
"Shoshana Keller offers students an accessible and engaging account of the historical relationship between Russia and the peoples of Central Asia. The text is enlivened by the author’s deep knowledge of Central Asian history and command of local languages."Sarah Cameron, University of Maryland
"Russia and Central Asia breaks ground for its relative fullness in treating the modern history of Russian-Central Asian interaction in all of its violent, productive, and cross-culturally intermingling ways. Such a book has been badly needed for decades by both scholars and students wanting to teach and learn about the Russian-Central Asian nexus that continues to constitute many aspects of the respective countries' cross-border relations in terms of politics, economics, and social relations. This well-written and accessible book will be the standard bearer for many years to come."Russell Zanca, Northeastern Illinois University
- Short-listed - 2020 Central Eurasian Study Society Book Award in History and the Humanities